Late runs propel Tigers to region win Friday at Gordon Lee
The Adairsville Tigers scored three runs in their final two offensive frames Friday night for a come-from-behind Region 6-AAA win at Gordon Lee, 4-2.
Adairsville pitchers Kaiden Coker (3 IP, 2R, 1ER, 5H, 1BB, 3K) and Dawson Craig (4 IP, 0R, 2H, 1BB, 4K) limited the Trojans to only one earned run on seven hits and a pair of walks. The two hurlers combined for seven strikeouts in the victory.
Evan Sanders hit a leadoff home run to get the Tigers on the scoreboard in the first inning but Gordon Lee matched that run in the bottom of the first and took a 2-1 lead in the fourth.
That score held until Peyton Bowen doubled in a run in the top of the sixth to draw Adairsville even at 2-2.
In the top of the seventh, Braxton Ryan singled to open the frame, and his courtesy runner — Easton Elrod — moved to second on a sacrifice by PJ Weeks. Sanders was intentionally walked before Chris Roper drove in the go-ahead run with a ground ball single into center field. Jarrett Scott then reached on an infield error that allowed Sanders to score the Tigers’ insurance run.
The Trojans produced a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh, but Craig halted any idea of a threat with a flyout that ended the game.
Bowen had two hits including a double and one RBI to lead the Adairsville offense. Sanders (solo home run), Roper (RBI), Jack Nelson, and Ryan had the other Tigers’ hits. Scott was credited with one RBI.
Adairsville (9-6, 3-0) stays tied with Ringgold for the Region 6-AAA lead. The Tigers host Gordon Lee Tuesday (5:55 p.m.) and play a home-and-home series with LaFayette on Thursday and Friday.